Will We Get A Derby Next Season?

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The Sky Bet Championship promotion race is nearing its conclusion as seven teams battle it out for a place in the top six and a potential chance of reaching the coveted Premier League.

Image result for Middlesbrough v NewcastleIt is the most exciting few weeks of the footballing calendar, as the fate of 12 teams across three divisions and their season's worth of effort could be over in the space of a week.

In the Championship, the likes of Derby County, Bristol City and Sheffield United, who were fancied by some to feature prominently in the top six, find themselves out of the play-offs and playing catch-up on the teams above them.

But Middlesbrough are in with a great chance of getting back into the Premier League.

Current position: 5th
Played: 44
Points: 72
Sky Bet odds on top-six finish - 1/25
Remaining fixtures:
Millwall (H)
Ipswich (A)

It's been a mixed season for Middlesbrough, and they find themselves out of the top-six despite many fancying them for automatic promotion.

Whilst Garry Monk started the season in charge, and with changes in personnel over the summer, he was sacked after the away victory over Sheffield Wednesday in December, despite the club sitting in a decent position in the table.

Tony Pulis has come in, but hasn't necessarily provided the impact that the Riverside faithful would have perhaps hoped, until now.

Like Millwall, they have had to deal with a difficult final few games. They secured victory over Bristol City and followed that up with an away win over Derby. Pulis then welcomes Harris' side at the end of April before a trip to Ipswich rounds off their regular season campaign.

However, they've come out of two tough games with really positive results and they look certainties in reaching the top-six.